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SpeedCast and O3b Networks strike satellite connectivity deal covering Lae

20 Jan 2016

Jersey-based O3b Networks has announced the completion of an agreement with global network and satellite communications service provider SpeedCast under which the duo will provide ‘state-of-the-art O3b satellite connectivity’ in and around the city of Lae in Papua New Guinea (PNG). In detailing the development, O3B Networks said that the deal will enable high throughput, low latency broadband service for enterprise and consumer customers, and with SpeedCast operating the new O3b service it was noted that this will be the second O3b terminal deployed by the SpeedCast Group in PNG, and the sixth overall. SpeedCast will reportedly provide carrier-grade access between the core network and global internet backbone, by using the global networks of international POPs, regional gateways and local satellite access of both O3b Networks and SpeedCast. Meanwhile, SpeedCast is partnering with local ISP MyNet, with the latter set to roll out a low latency, citywide Wi-Fi distribution in Lae using the new service.

Commenting on the development, Pierre-Jean Beylier, CEO of SpeedCast, was cited as saying: ‘SpeedCast is pleased to deliver a new level of performance for our customers in Lae, PNG … Partnering with O3b, we are able to provide the most cutting-edge satellite connectivity available in the region today. Extending the reach of this low latency international connectivity via the wireless network around Lae, we expect the business community will find a significant improvement over the satellite connectivity they’re accustomed to.’

Papua New Guinea, MyNet, O3b Networks (part of SES)

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